Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with violinist Paul Huang, one of the artists who is participating in the fifteenth anniversary season of the Music@Menlo Festival and Institute, with as its theme ‘The Glorious Violin’, ongoing through August 5.

Margo Moritz

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with Charlotte Moraga, artistic director of the newly formed Chitresh Das Institute, about this weekend’s inaugural season of the institute, featuring the world premiere of ‘The Art of Kathak’, a traditional Kathak solo performance by Charlotte Moraga, accompanied by tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, who will also join us in the studio.

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, guest host Judith Seeger talks with cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist Eric Zivian about the upcoming Valley of the Moon Music Festival, of which they are co-founders, and artistic and music directors, respectively. Also joining in the studio is clarinetist Eric Hoeprich - and there will be live music!

Tennessee Reed

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning journalist, poet, songwriter, filmmaker and author Yuri Kageyama, about her project ‘News from Fukushima: Meditation on an Under-Reported Catastrophe by a Poet’, in which she combines poetry, dance, theater, music and film, to remind us of the human stories behind the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, now six years ago. ‘News from Fukushima’ runs this weekend at Z Space in San Francisco.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actor and playwright Don Reed, about his autobiographical show ‘East 14th’, running through July 30 at The Marsh Berkeley, in which he discusses his upbringing in 1970s Oakland, resisting the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather and dealing with his real father, not knowing Dad was a pimp.

This week, details about this year's Stern Grove Festival from Director of Programming Judy Tseng and new Executive Director Bob Fiedler; James Sofranko talks about the second season of SFDanceworks, more from the Frameline film festival from programmer Harry Vaughn and Tom Gustafson, director of the musical "Hello Again" and Peter Robinson talks with Shakespeare scholar Philippa Kelly about Cal Shakes and the Oregon Shakespeare Fest

Lance Huntley

This week, Peter Robinson is guest host for a discussion of Shakespeare with actor/director L. Peter Callender, artistic director of the African American Shakespeare Company, which concludes its season with "The Winter's Tale."  Also, actresses Susi Damilano and Julia Brothers talk about the premiere of "The Roommate" at SF Playhouse.  And author Tony Broadbent talks about his novel set during the heyday of The Beatles in Liverpool, Hamburg, and London:  "The One After 9:09:  A Mystery with a Backbeat"

Kevin Berne

This week, you'll hear about the ACT production of "A Night with Janis Joplin" from its eponymous star, portrayed by Kacee Clanton.

From the Aurora Theatre and director Barbara Damashek: details about the Bay Area Premiere of "Splendour"- Abi Morgan's riveting play about the fragility of power and the unreliability of language.

Ken Levin

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with award-winning playwright Christopher Chen, about the world premiere of his new play ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’ at San Francisco Playhouse, which runs from June 6 - July 2 and is part of the ‘Sandbox Series’ of new works.

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Kim Epifano, artistic director of Epiphany Productions, about the new site specific performance ‘The Last Blue Couch in the Sky’, which opens on June 2. The event includes a walking tour through the volatile San Francisco South of Market district, where displacement and gentrification have been a long-term challenge to the local communities, and ends with a performance inside at YBCA's Forum.

This week on Open Air, KALW's radio magazine of the Bay Area performing arts scene, you'll hear about the Central Works production of "Edward King" written and directed by Gary Graves, a new comedy about finding your roots.  Liss Fain talks about the Liss Fain Dance premiere of "Known Once" based on stories collected in partnership with 826 Valencia as well as The Redwoods, a mixed-income residential community for seniors in Mill Valley; actor Adam Strau

Steve Disenhof

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Robert Moses about the world premiere of ‘Trick Bags/Trap Doors/Painted Corners’, created by Robert Moses, together with guest choreographers Terence Marling and Latanya d. Tigner.

Chris Hardy

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe’s guests include Berkeley Symphony Executive Director René Mandel, who discusses the performance of Shostakovich’s choral masterpiece Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar’, on May 4 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, plus the orchestra’s collaboration with KALW.

Jeff Zender

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with dancer and choreographer Stacey Printz, artistic director of Printz Dance Project (PDP), about the world premiere of GLASSlands, an evening-length dance project that explores ‘proximity, visibility, technology and connection in a culture of ever increasing emotional and intimate distances’. Choreographed by Printz and featuring set designs by Sean Riley, GLASSlands is performed May 4-6 at Z Space in San Francisco. 

Eva Soltes

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Steven Schick, artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, about this weekend’s celebration of California composer Lou Harrison’s 100th birthday at Z Space in San Francisco, with concerts, talks and a film screening.

Kevin Berne

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with director Robert Kelley about ‘Rags’, a musical saga of immigrant America from the creators of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Wicked’, currently at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, through April 30.

Tristram Kenton

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors Olivier Normand and Wellesley Robertson III, who play Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis in Robert Lepage’s internationally acclaimed play, ‘Needles and Opium’, on stage at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) through April 23, 2017.

SF Playhouse

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with choreographers Kristin Damrow, Lili Weckler and Alyssandra Wu about ‘Wild Bodies’, the 68th edition of ODC’s Pilot Program, in which six artists are challenged to choreograph new innovative works under the close mentorship of ODC’s staff and resident choreographer, Lizz Roman. ‘Pilot 68: Wild Bodies’ is presented at ODC Dance Commons on April 8 and 9.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Michael Begale and Giacomo Digrigoli, members of the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, about upcoming concerts in collaboration with the SF Girls Chorus, this weekend (March 25 and 26), featuring the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actresses Stacy Ross and Martha Brigham, who star as controversial 1930’s German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl at different stages in her life in the play ‘Leni’, currently at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, through May 7.

Andy Mogg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Erika Hassan, dancer and assistant artistic director for SOULSKIN Dance, about ‘Satin & Swing’, a brand new work that is part of the company’s 4th Season, this weekend at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with radio host and standup comedian Maureen Langan about her new solo show ‘Daughter of a Garbageman’, on stage at The Marsh in San Francisco through March 25.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer John Adams in celebration of his 70th birthday, and the performances this week of Adams' work ‘Scheherazade.2’, subtitled a ‘Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra’, with violin soloist Leila Josefowicz, and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe visits with actor Michael Doherty who plays the lead role in the fast-paced irreverent comedy ‘Hand to God’, on stage at Berkeley Rep through March 19.

 You’ll hear about the Exit Theatre production of Larry Larson and Levi Lee's Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening with The Illuminati)” from actor/director Harvey T. Jordan.  More...

Todd Rosenberg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Alasdair Neale and composer Mason Bates, about this coming weekend’s concerts by the Marin Symphony featuring Bates’ ‘Devils Radio’, and violinist Midori playing Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto.

Liz Olson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Cutting Ball Theater’s Artistic Director Paige Rogers, about the production of Ibsen’s masterpiece ‘Hedda Gabler’, directed by Yury Urnov, and starring Britney Frazier, who will both be joining the conversation. ‘Hedda Gabler’ opens this weekend.

Marty Sohl

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer Stephen Eddins, whose one-act chamber opera ‘Why I live at the P.O.’ is part of West Edge Opera’sSnapshot’ program on January 21st and 22nd, featuring excerpts from new operas by both emerging and established Northern California composers in intimate concert settings. West Edge’s General Director Mark Streshinsky joins us to explain.

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with actor, clown and comedian Bill Irwin, about his show ‘On Beckett’, a personal exploration of Samuel Beckett’s plays, prose and poetry, with which he returns to the American Conservatory Theater next week.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Sherri Young, Executive Director  of the African-American Shakespeare Company about the production of ‘Cinderella’ by AASC, opening on December 22nd at The Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Joining them is Samantha Rose Williams, who plays the lead role. 

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